Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has suffered a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.
Morris hurt his knee during a Western Bulldogs training session on Thursday, with the club saying on Saturday morning that he had suffered a small tear to his anterior cruciate ligament.
Western Bulldogs medical services manager Chris Bell was hopeful Morris would still be able to make a contribution in 2018, but the club will manage him conservatively.
“This strategy will maximise the chance of Dale being able to play a meaningful part in the 2018 season,” he told the club's website.
“While this is not a common injury, there have been other similar cases in the AFL where surgery was not required for the healing process.
“Given the type of injury this is, and the unknown nature of the recovery time, we will work with Dale over the coming 8-12 weeks to more accurately determine when he is able to return to the field.”
It is the latest injury blow for Morris, who suffered a stop-start 2017 campaign, playing just the 11 games.